Reading through the Bible together
Fire flashed from heaven and consumed the sacrifices. God’s glory filled the temple. It was God’s eager response to Solomon’s humility and dedication. It was the symbol of His pleasure and blessing to a people who were seeking Him.
Perhaps even more meaningful to Solomon was God’s second personal appearance to him by night. In it God made a sacred promise so special that entire books and songs have been written based on it. He said, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). Here is salvation clearly laid out.
Are you truly humble—do you see your littleness and sinfulness in stark contrast to God’s enormity and perfect holiness? Are you praying—are you crying out for mercy? Are you seeking His face—do you want His pleasure, not just His gifts?
Are you determinately turning from any wicked way—not letting any piece of this world to pull you away from God?
There is no doubt He is eager to hear, to forgive, and to heal. But can we meet the conditions above when we so easily fail at them? The gospel gives us even greater hope, for the very repentance required by God is also His gift (Acts 5:32).
Pastor Scott Griswold